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Jay Ajayi to make NFL decision before bowl; Broncos to wear 'Fiesta look'

Boise State junior tailback Jay Ajayi will announce a decision on whether to leave early for the NFL before the Fiesta Bowl, coach Bryan Harsin said Wednesday.

The school has submitted paperwork to the NFL advisory panel for an evaluation. Harsin hasn’t seen a report, he said.

The advisory panel will give Ajayi a first-round grade, a second-round grade or no grade. He is the only player the Broncos submitted a request for, Harsin said.

One reason Harsin wants a decision soon is so that Ajayi can talk about it during interviews in Arizona. The Broncos are scheduled to make four offensive players available to the media Dec. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“We need to really hash all that out,” Harsin said. “We’ll let everybody know when it’s the right time. We’ll do it before the bowl game. We’re not going to do it after the bowl game. When his decision is made, then we’ll let everyone know that, but it will be before the bowl game, before we get down there and not after. We’re not going to wait. Because that’s an opportunity regardless of what happens for him to answers those questions and to do it honestly and not have to say one way or another and keep it a secret.”

Ajayi has earned three second-team All-America awards, a third-team award and an honorable mention so far this year. Awards rundown here.

Other quick notes from Harsin:

— Wide receiver Matt Miller won’t play in the Fiesta Bowl. He tore ankle ligaments Sept. 27 at Air Force.

— Safety Chanceller James tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the opposite knee from the one he injured last year. He’ll be out 8-9 months, which will make it close whether he can return for the 2015 opener.

— Tight ends Connor Peters and Alec Dhaenens are expected to play.

— The Broncos will wear orange pants, white jerseys and blue helmets — “the Fiesta look,” Harsin said. That’s what they wore for their 2007 and 2010 victories.

— Boise State practiced Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday and will practice again Thursday. Those are workouts to stay sharp, with an emphasis on the game plan over future development. The Broncos will go through a series of game week practices from Saturday through Tuesday. Most players will go home for Christmas and the team will meet in Arizona on Dec. 26. Then they’ll go through the game week practices against Dec. 27-30.

Former Texas A&M safety Kam Miles has signed a letter of intent with Boise State, the school announced Wednesday.

He joins high school quarterback Brett Rypien as the Broncos’ mid-year enrollees. Rypien signed earlier this year.

Miles, who played at Butler Community College in Kansas this season, will join the program in January.

“He’s going to definitely come in and fill a need early in spring,” Harsin said. “ This is an environment he can come thrive in and really be that type of player that he was coming out of high school.”

Only mid-year transfers were able to sign Wednesday. Boise State has two other junior college commits who can sign in February.

Miles contributed 50 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups this season at Butler.

He was a U.S. Army All-American out of West Mesquite High in Texas. He played with current Boise State safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner at West Mesquite and for current Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates at Texas A&M.

Miles was dismissed from the team at Texas A&M earlier this year. Here is our story from his commitment.

“We talked about (his dismissal) in depth,” Harsin said. “ Talking to him, sitting down face to face and having a conversation, I felt good about it.”

We’ll do a live chat at 8 p.m. today.

I’ve tentatively scheduled another for 8 p.m. Dec. 29, but that could change.

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